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Friday, April 8, 2011, I met with a group of friends and co-workers after work to celebrate Duane's birthday the right way - enjoying a fun late afternoon meal at Sam's Hof Brau, on Watt Ave. in Sacramento, CA.  I'll let the photos tell the story...

 

Photo:  Sam's Hof Brau is located in a 1960's era strip shopping center on busy Watt Avenue.  We love everything about Sam's, especially the delicious food, the friendly staff member, the full-service bar, and the fact that it's a 5-minute walk from work.  More than once, when the boss has been out of the office, I've enjoyed a "liquid lunch" at Sam's well-appointed bar.

 

Photo:  Here's the view as you walk in, and as you can see, it's pure 1960's... the restaurant opened in 1959, and the decor hasn't changed, but it has been continuously modernized, and now sports hi-def televisions at the bar, and the obligatory computer system that runs everything.  The dining room is cozy, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and the staff members are extremely friendly, and eager to please.

 

Photo:  The format is simple:  As you walk into the restaurant, you turn to your right, and you will find yourself at the order counter/serving station.  You make your choice from the menu, behind the serving station, but behind the glass, you get to see, in person, trays filled with delicious food that's posted on the menu.  So you tell the carving person, in the tall hat what you want, and they grab a plate, slice your meat, place it on the plate, give you a healthy portion of mashed potatoes, and if you're in the mood, they cover the whole thing with gravy.  Then, your plate of food is placed on a tray, and handed to the friendly girl, who will place the side order of your dreams on your plate, and add a roll, which will complete your order.

 

Photo:  Up-close and personal, my order of corn beef is being sliced, before my eyes.  Check out the offerings in the stainless steel trays... it's all tempting, and it's all good!

 

Photo:  Whole turkey cooked, hof brau style at Sam's.  The window looks out to the street, and it's heavily tinted, but it shows the beautiful, 1960's era skyline in this small, strip-mall shopping center.  I asked the carver in the tall hat how many turkeys Sam's goes through on a normal Friday in early April, and she told me an astonishing 14! Fourteen turkeys a day!  

 

Photo:  The carver gal has passed the plate to her friendly helper, as she ladles delicious beef gravy onto my order of corned beef and mashed potatoes.  For a side dish, I chose a green salad with ranch dressing.  When I told her that I love to take photos of beautiful women with wonderful food, I was rewarded with a giggle.  A lady after my heart, if not my stomach...  Ms. Carver's hat would put Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat to shame, and I remarked to her that it would make my Texas 10-gallon cowboy hat look like a punk, which brought a laugh out of her.

 

Photo:  My wonderful late Friday afternoon dinner of a tossed green salad, with ranch dressing, a plate of corned beef - with extra meat - mashed potatoes, beef gravy, a cup of some of the best coffee available west of the Mississippi River, and a fresh roll.  The corned beef was so tender that I didn't need my knife, as I could just pick it up with my fork, and it almost fell apart.  The potatoes were made from scratch - no instant mash potatoes allowed at Sam's - and the gravy was real... made from real meat drippings.  Yes, the meal is just like Mom used to make... If you want me to rate this meal on a scale of 0 to 10, I'd give it a 9.9!!!  My friends chided my for drinking coffee, but, hey, I had to drive home... Beer is my all-time favorite beverage, but coffee is high on my list, and since Sam's serves super delicious coffee, with unlimited refills, I had no problems.  Sam's provides large, heavy coffee mugs, which probably hold about 8-oz of coffee, and I enjoyed four cups of coffee... let's see... that's a quart of delicious coffee!  Oh yes, as you can see, the portions are very generous.

 

Photo:  We celebrate Duane's birthday, from left to right:  Brenda, Marjorie, Eric - webmaster and author of this article - Marty, Amelia, and the birthday boy, Duane.  We're friends, and either past or present AT&T co-workers.

The bottom line is that Sam's Hof Brau serves delicious, stick-to-your-ribs food that lives up to their slogan, "Home Cooking Since 1959," and true to the slogan, the food tastes like some of the better meals that my mother used to prepare when I was a kid.  The portions are large, the price is reasonable, and the folks that work at the restaurant are some of the friendliest people in the business.  We love everything about Sam's Hof Brau!

Sam's Hof Brau
2500 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
916 482-2175
www.thehofbrau.com


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